Hello,

I had a Faculty member ask me the below question. We were wondering if anyone could assist us with an answer? Thank you in advance

I am using the weighted average calculation in the gradebook. In order to replicate the syllabus weights, I have to enter percentages that I have “backed into”. As a result, the weights in Blackboard do not sum to 100% but to about 120%. The resulting number in Blackboard is less than the number that I have calculated in two different ways – one comparable to the weights I am using in Blackboard and one using the syllabus weights. Both of these provide the identical result, which is again greater than the result from the Blackboard gradebook. Hence, I am wondering what Blackboard does when the percentages do not total to 100%.

Thank you

We may need more information. Why are averages used along with weighing the columns?

Most syllabi contain the weight, perhaps this assignment is 50% of the course. The weighted column across multiple columns will easily calculate the correct final grade. If you are using averages, this likely means multiple submissions to the same assignment … I’m not sure it makes sense to take an average of all exams to all homework grades …

I would suggest taking screenshots of the weighted column, perhaps exporting the grade book to Excel and attach here. It may be necessary to duplicate the course on CourseSites and look at it closer.